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Authorial self-fashioning in Jörn Donner’s Portraits of Women
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, ISSN 2042-7891, E-ISSN 2042-7905, Vol. 5, no 2, 93-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his films of the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Jörn Donner, a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, critic and film director, employed his body and popular media image as a contemporary celebrity for narrative and marketing purposes. Focusing on the film Naisenkuvia/Portraits of Women (1970), a metanarrative about the alliance of art cinema and pornography in the 1960s and a parody of Donner’s public persona, this article investigates Donner’s ‘authoring practices’ and gestures of authorial ‘self-projection’ amidst the mediatized sexual revolution of the 1960s. Portraits of Women reveals Donner's appropriation and analysis of a newly sexualized public sphere, but the film also reads as a crisis point. While capitalizing on his public persona by casting himself as the male lead, Donner was forced to acknowledge that self-fashioning in the sphere of public sex escapes authorial control.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 2, 93-108 p.
Keyword [en]
Jörn Donner, authorship, censorship, sex film, pornography, masculinity, Finnish cinema
Keyword [sv]
Jörn Donner, censur, sexfilm, porr, maskulinitet, finsk film, Kvinnobilder
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Studies on Film Gender Studies Media Studies
Research subject
Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127510DOI: 10.1386/jsca.5.2.93_1OAI: diva2:909523
Intimitetens estetik i Jörn Donners filmer 1963-1973

Projekt finansierat av Kone Foundation (Finland) 2014-2015.

Available from: 2016-03-07 Created: 2016-03-07 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved

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